Can the paternity test be performed without the mother?

DNASU encourages mothers to participate but if it’s not possible a motherless test is just as accurate.

Do I have to give blood for a DNA Paternity Test?

NO. Paternity testing can be performed using a buccal (cheek) swab or unusual samples such as a tooth brush, chewing gum, eating utensils, etc. It is completely non-invasive, painless and convenient.

I’m pregnant; can I take a DNA paternity test?

Yes, there are 3 procedures to collect prenatal DNA samples; Fetal DNA found in the mother’s blood. This procedure can be performed as early as 5 weeks of pregnancy, Chronic Villi Sampling (CVS), performed at 10-13 weeks of pregnancy and Amniocentesis at performed at 14-24 weeks.

I just had my baby; can I get a DNA paternity test?

Testing can be performed on a newborn or persons of any age. There is no age requirement.

How is DNA collected?

A buccal swab, rubbed on the inside of the cheek which is fast and easy.

Can cells last from a previous pregnancy?

It has been well shown that free floating fetal DNA cannot exist from previous pregnancies.

How accurate is our DNA Prenatal Paternity Test?

DNA prenatal paternity testing can either EXCLUDE or CONFIRM a father. Our test is over 99% accurate.

The father of my child was recently killed; can I get a DNA paternity test for benefits?

Yes, there are several options available. The first option is to check with the coroner’s or medical examiner’s office for stored blood or tissue samples. If usable we can perform a paternity test using the sample in place of the alleged father. If a sample from the alleged father is not available a grandparentage test is the next best option. By including both the alleged father parents, the alleged fathers DNA profile can be reconstructed.
If one or both of the alleged father’s parents are unavailable other family relationship test may be performed to determine biological relationships.

What if the two alleged fathers are related (i.e. father-son, brothers)?

Paternity can be established with alleged fathers that are related, such as full brothers or father and son. Due to their close relationship they will share some common DNA. It’s important that this information is reviled to the Case Coordinator before testing begins.

What if the alleged father(s) live in different state then my child and I?

We have a vast network of collection facilities that are located throughout the US and some foreign countries. So collections in different locations can be simply coordinated through our office.

How long does it take to get my test results?

Results are delivered in 3-5 business days and for those requiring faster service, RUSH testing is available. Contact a Case Coordinator for more details.

Can I use my DNA test results in family court?

Yes, as long as you select our LEGAL paternity test.

What should I bring to my legal DNA sample collection?

When you come to the DNA sample collection appointment you will be need to do the following in order to meet the Chain of Custody requirements:

  • Present government-issued identification for adults being tested
  • Present identification for minors such as a birth certificate or social security card
  • You will be photographed and fingerprinted
  • You must complete a Client Identification and Consent Form (the minor’s consent form should be

signed by the child’s legal guardian)

Please make sure that adults have the required government-issued identification and that you remember to bring a birth certificate or social security card for your minor child.

Is paternity testing covered by medical insurance?

No, paternity testing is not considered a medical procedure; therefore is not covered by medical insurance.

Will my testing be confidential?

Yes, DNASU follows a strict confidentiality policy, which requires us to release results to only the tested parties, their authorized representatives (attorney) or the child’s legal guardian.

What if I have more questions?

Contact us by telephone at 800.215.9948 or by email:

What if I decide not to use the DNA Home Kit and would prefer to return it?

If you decide not to use the DNA Home Kit, you have 30 days from date of receipt to return the kit for a refund, minus a 10% restocking fee. Refunds take 2 weeks to process.
But please note: If you are returning a DNA home kit, it must be intact and untampered or used.
Please include all testing materials, swabs and original documents mailed.

Are you available for weekend appointments?

Scheduling a weekend appointment is simple. Call or schedule your appointment online. Your payment will need to be paid in full in order to secure the appointment. All weekend appointments also require a confirmation at least one day prior to your appointment date.

What happens if I pay for a DNA test and the other party does not show?

If the other party fails to show for their scheduled appointment, after numerous attempts,the purchaser may be eligible for a partial refund if the test was paid in full. The refund amount will vary based on services rendered.